February 16, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-02-16

 

Jonas Hiller is feeling lightheadedness again (can we call it a concussion soon?) and will miss the next three games for Anaheim. Methinks they are in the market for a goalie…

 

I’m back baby! I really got my ass kicked yesterday thanks to week-old leftover pork that wasn’t cooked enough (clearly). Now it’s time to play catch-up.

 

JP Dumont was finally made a healthy scratch by the Preds. He could use a change of scenery more than anyone.

 

Pekka Rinne took the OTL despite stopping 48 of 50 shots.

 

Dustin Jeffrey is ineligible to return to tonight’s game due to his IR status, but Sunday is looking promising. Interesting to note that in five AHL games after being sent down (he has been called up six times), he has nine points. Great attitude.

 

The word on Mike Green – ‘inner ear trauma’. Concussion – stop being fancy.

 

Big defenseman Brendon Nash played his first NHL game for the Habs, actually getting a couple of shots on goal in 12 minutes of ice time. Potentially, the undrafted rearguard could be a 30-point, 80 PIM blue liner.

 

The Dispatch is reporting that Steve Mason has broncitis, so his next several starts are in question, though the team has not recalled another goaltender yet.

 

For a season and a half, what Joe Sacco did with the Avalanche was a miracle. The attitude about coaches changes far too quickly in the NHL. I’d hate it if I kicked ass at my job for 18 months and then really make some bad calls for two months and so my boss fires me.

 

How much do the Sabres trust Patrick Lalime? Well, to give Ryan Miller a break they recalled Jhonas Enroth rather than just give Lalime the start. Wow. Lalime is 0-5-0

 

Interesting that Toronto has acquired Aaron Voros. You know, they are a team who lacks depth so if he gets recalled, he could see enough ice time to become the Voros of old. That is – a point every two games and tons of PIM. But watch for a call-up first.

 

I think if I were the Atlanta GM I would have got the same term out of Byfuglien, but for $20 million, and not $26. I think this “could” be a good deal for them, but lets face it – they are paying him based on 40 games. He’s getting points again now, but is that because Tobias Enstrom is back? One has to wonder. If they can so easily pay Byfuglien the equivalent of a Top 20 salary in the entire league based on 40 games, then I wonder why the Blue Jays are bickering with Jose Bautista over paying him $10 million based on one season.

 

I like how TSN calls Alexei Kovalev “red hot” when he has been pointless in three of his last four games.  The column was written after his three-point effort, so that must be it.

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Eric Condra got into his first NHL game for Ottawa last night and picked up his first point, an assist. As “fzusher” pointed out in the comments of my Chris Kelly breakdown, Condra also stands to benefit from the trad